French Immersion: A Key to the Francophone World

Inspired by Québec’s Old World architecture, renowned cuisine and friendly locals, learn French through immersion, gaining insider access to the francophone world.
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Program No. 2764RJ
20 days
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At a Glance

Move beyond "salut" and "ça va" as you delve into the language of amour, Voltaire and diplomacy in a three-week, intensive, immersion program. Increase vocabulary, learn conversational skills and improve writing/speaking in the computer phonetics lab and via instruction from native speakers. Forget shyness and converse with locals in the charming city of Trois-Rivières, in French Canada’s cultural heartland. From forgotten memories of high school French, leave with Québec’s motto "Je me souviens" — “I remember.”
Activity Level
On Your Feet
A five-minute walk on pavement from the campus apartments to the classrooms, there is a hill between the residences and campus. Walking up to one mile on field trips.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Converse "en francais" as you try ordering poutine, and discover "la culture" and "l’histoir": in presentations on Québec's people, music and politics.
  • Discover the old-world charms and architecture of Québec City; and visit a museum built on the very spot where Montréal was founded.
  • Experience Cap-de-la-Madeleine to admire the ornate stained glass windows of Nôtre-Dame-du-Cap shrine.

General Notes

This three-week intensive immersion program is designed to enhance students' ability to communicate in French, putting emphasis on oral and written skills. All activities and field trips are conducted in French, and students are expected to speak French while on campus. You must have basic French to participate, as well as basic computer skills. You must complete an online language placement test to determine your French level prior to the program. Our qualified teachers at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières use various communication techniques adapted to the students' level to create a rich environment for learning French in a challenging but relaxed atmosphere.This program stays in apartment-style campus residences with four single-occupancy bedrooms, shared bathrooms and living space. See the Lodging & Meals tab online for more information.
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Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories
by Robert Bothwell
An in-depth look at Canada-Quebec relations through interviews with prominent Canadian figures.
Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong
by Julie Barlow, Jean-Benoit Nadeau,
Two Canadian journalists tackle the contradictions and complexities of the French character, paying particular attention to the question of why the French resist globalization.
The Canadian Frontier, 1534-1760
by W. J. Eccles
A popular, groundbreaking academic history of New France in the colonial era.
Shadows on the Rock
by Willa Cather
Set at the end of the 17th century in rural Quebec, this beautifully realized novel highlights the struggles of the Parisian widower Auclair and his young daughter to adapt to their new land.
The War That Made America, A Short History of the French and Indian War
by Fred Anderson
Anderson (Crucible of War) illuminates relations between the Indians, French and British in 18th-century North America.
Selected Stories
by Alice Munro
This collection of 28 short stories represents some of Munro's finest work. A powerful range of emotional, evocative tales set throughout the cities and rural towns of her native country.
by Margaret Atwood
One of Atwood's earliest novels, a suspenseful yarn where a young woman becomes entangled in affairs, mysteries and the haunting draw of nature as she searches for her missing father on an island off the coast of northern Quebec.
A People's History of Quebec
by Jacques Lacoursiere, Robin Philbot
This swift overview of Quebec’s 450-year history by a leading historian covers everything from the earliest days of colonization to the province’s recent efforts to gain independence. Includes helpful timeline.
Spectacular Canada
by Gerald Bryan Hall
Featuring 177 color photographs showcasing the diversity and grandeur of our neighbor to the north.
Montreal Then and Now
by Alan Hustak
This installment in the Then and Now series takes stock of Montreal’s evolution by placing antique photographs side-by-side with contemporary ones. It peels back the years so that readers can see city fixtures as they once were.
Three Weeks in Quebec City: The Meeting That Made Canada
by Christopher Moore
A riveting history of the earliest drafting of a Canadian national constitution during the Quebec Conference of 1864.
Champlain's Dream
by David Hackett Fischer
In this stunningly researched and engaging biography, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Hackett Fischer weaves together the epic story of soldier and explorer Samuel de Champlain, a colonizer of North America who spent 30 years bringing his vision of a New France to life.

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